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Man gets home detention for secretly taping Michael Jackson

Man gets home detention for secretly taping Michael Jackson

The former owner of a private jet company was sentenced Wednesday to six months of home detention and three years of probation for secretly videotaping Michael Jackson as he flew to Santa Barbara with his attorney to surrender in a child-molestation investigation.
Jeffrey Borer also was ordered to pay a $10,000 (euro7,900) fine and serve 150 hours of community service, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Shallman. He received home detention from U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz instead of custody because of his wife's health problems and her dependence on him as a caregiver, the prosecutor said.
In court, the defense said Borer's wife suffers from seizures and a physical condition that requires continual attention, Shallman said.
"We think it's a fair and reasonable sentencing in light of the criminal conduct and attempt to invade the privacy of another person for personal gain," Shallman said. "The crime was not completed but he accepted personal responsibility for it, and the sentencing terms reflect that fact."
Borer and co-defendant Arvel Jett Reeves admitted they installed two digital video recorders to record "a professional entertainer" and his lawyer as the pair traveled on a private jet from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara in November 2003, according to their plea agreements filed last year.
The entertainer they recorded was Michael Jackson and his attorney at the time was Mark Geragos, although they are not cited by name in the plea agreements. Jackson was later found not guilty of the child molestation charges.
Borer and Reeves each pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy. As part of the deal, federal prosecutors agreed to dismiss two other charges _ endeavoring to intercept oral communication and witness tampering _ in a three-count indictment filed against them.
Borer was the owner of XtraJet, which operated a Gulfstream jet that carried Jackson. Reeves was the owner of Executive Aviation, which provided maintenance service for XtraJet's aircraft fleet.
Reeves purchased video and audio equipment and, with the help of a third party, secretly installed the recorders in the airplane's cabin, according to the plea agreement. They were unable to install the remote microphones because Reeves did not get the proper connectors, so the two recordings were made without sound.
Borer, who instructed Reeves to obtain and install the equipment, intended "to sell these recordings to the media for a large sum of money," the agreement said.
Reeves was sentenced in July to eight months in prison and ordered to spend six additional months in a halfway house and pay a $1,000 (euro790) fine.